Last week, I was asking myself the question if ‘visualizing presence’ between 2 (or more) remote places had already been done. The answer is yes. Interactive Institute Smart Studio (Which was transformed into the Art & Technology Program in 2006) explores the borders between art, design and technology and they did some projects similar to what I described earlier. They are also the inventors of the ‘power-aware cord’.
Two connected lights convey a sense of presence and are connected in such a way that each light turns on when somebody is close to the other. 6th sense is a sculptural light that can also be used as a medium of communication. Two lamps are connected and placed at different sites, e.g. in the homes of two friends or relatives. (source)
The RemoteHome is a prototype of a shared apartment that exists in two cities. A single responsive and kinetic environment bridges the gap between them. (source)
The RemoteHome was for the first time presented simultaneously in two remote places in May 2003. The two places were the Science Museum in London and the Raumlabor in Berlin. Tobi Schneidler (the producer of the project) says that the RemoteHome is a response to a changing understanding of home, the place of origin and belonging. Two “apartments” in London and Berlin were connected through the common Internet, creating the first remotely shared home. These experimental spaces turned the architecture and furnishings into tangible and sensual means of communication between friends and family. Visitors were invited to become temporary flat mates both in Berlin and London, separated by hundreds of miles.
The project had a website (remotehome.org) but is now offline. The only thing that is left, are some ’s napshots’ from the Wayback Machine. I think that the website visualized what was going on in both apartments with a Flash application.
(Flash file via Wayback machine)
This project is also featured in “4dspace: interactive architecture” and Loove Broms wrote his/her Master’s Thesis about the “Awareness Aspects of the RemoteHome” which I will look into right now.